February 22nd, 2012
03:48 PM ET
As it turns out, Joe Manganiello's wolfish "True Blood" character Alcide doesn't strip down on the show purely for your enjoyment. Perhaps hard to believe, but true, Manganiello tells Out magazine in an interview.
"As far as the butt cheek stuff goes," the 35-year-old actor says, "it just makes sense. It's not gratuitous; it's realistic. If you're a werewolf and you transform, you lose everything and there are your butt cheeks."
"True Blood," Manganiello continues, "is a deconstruction of supernatural creatures. It's not like those other werewolf projects, where you magically reappear with tiny jean shorts on."
Regardless, it's a really good thing Manganiello is so comfortable with his naked form, as he'll be showing it off in the upcoming male stripper movie "Magic Mike."
"Somebody's gotta do it," he says of taking roles that require such little clothing. "Am I afraid of being typecast? I could care less."
In order to get into his character (named, ahem, "Big Dick Richie"), the actor did his research, and says "Magic Mike" will portray both the dark and more humorous sides of the industry.
Of one male dancer he interviewed, "All the guys he worked with were dead or in rehab," Manganiello said. But it was also "the time of his life - this insanely destructive lifestyle, this club life. It was sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll...and getting paid to take your clothes off and have sex."
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